Permit Center

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Information for the Building and Planning Departments

Updated April 23, 2020

In accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation and King County Health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Planning & Building Counter at City Hall is currently closed to the public and City staff are mandated to work from home. We are encouraging people to take advantage of our remote services. If you can conduct your business with the permit center by email, phone, or online, we encourage you to please do so. If you are unsure, call 206-368-5440 so we can determine if we can help you remotely. The City will not be issuing permits, except in case of emergency, until such time as the Governor lifts the stay home order, allowing businesses and City operations to resume.

Here are some specific guidelines that may apply for the type of permit you are seeking:

Building Permits
Building permit applications are being accepted via email appointment at this time. Please email the Building Official to schedule an appointment. For permit questions concerning submittal of building plans, call the Building Official at 206-957-2815.   

Building Inspections
The Building Department will not be conducting inspections unless the inspection is an emergency. If there is a concern during this time, don’t hesitate to give the Building Official a call at 206-957-2815.   

Mechanical and Plumbing Permits
Apply for and pay for mechanical and plumbing permits online through the Permit Portal. The City will not be issuing mechanical and plumbing permits, except in case of emergency, until such time as the Governor lifts the stay home order and City operations return to normal.

Sewer and Roof Permits
Applications for sewer and roof permits that would typically be ‘over-the-counter’ transactions will not be accepted until such time as the Governor lifts the stay home order and City operations return to normal. Call the Building Official for information or obtaining an emergency sewer or roof permit at 206-957-2815.

Tree Permits
If there is an emergency tree removal that is allowed by LFPMC Chapter 16.14, contact the Assistant Planner or the City Arborist as soon as possible. After the emergency tree removal action is completed, applications can be sent to us via email and payments can be made by check. Checks should be made out to “City of Lake Forest Park” in the amount of $76.13 (application fee) and can either be mailed to or dropped off at City Hall in a letter-sized envelope in the silver drop box (located on the side of the building next to the King County elections box).

If the tree removal is not an emergency, applicants should wait until City Hall is reopened to the public.

For tree permits currently in process that will be ready to be issued during the City Hall closure, we will communicate with the applicant directly to determine the best path forward.

Requests for tree code enforcement investigations will be handled on a case by case basis. Contact the Assistant Planner or the City Arborist if you want to request a code enforcement action.

Land Use Applications/Revisions
We will continue to process land use related applications (short plats, reasonable economic use, and critical area permits) that are in process. Applicants are encouraged to use electronic mediums to transmit information. Email the Senior Planner if you are preparing to submit a land use permit application.

Code Enforcement
Requests for code enforcement investigations will be handled on a case by case basis. Contact the Building Official at 206-957-2815 or email the Assistant Planner if you want to request a code enforcement action.

Help Topics & Permit Applications

Head to our Help Topics page to view and print handouts on some frequently asked planning and building questions.  If you are ready to begin the application process, permit application forms can be found here

Permit Counter Hours

The Planning & Building Permit Counter is currently closed to the public (see COVID-19 information above).  

Permit Portal

A new service offered by the City of Lake Forest Park is a public permit portal. Homeowners and contractors can now submit an application for a residential plumbing or mechanical permits online.  The permit portal also offers the public a way to search for any open permit within the City of Lake Forest Park. To get started applying for a permit or to learn how to see current permits in your area click on the green Permit Portal icon. For more information on how to apply online visit our FAQ page.

Inspections

Inspections are currently happening on a limited basis (see COVID-19 information above).